[34 Violations] COMPLETE LTO Fines and Penalties 2022

Fines and penalties for violations of laws governing land transportation services.

Do we take road safety seriously here in the Philippines? The cost of traffic violations may suggest something.

Most traffic offenses are considered misdemeanors. LTO fine and penalty range from P1,000 to P200,000 depending on the violation you committed.

The Land Transportation Office (LTO) has four (4) categorizations of their penalties:

  1. Violations in connection with licensing
  2. Violations in connection with motor vehicle registration/renewal/operation
  3. Violations in connection with dimensions, specifications, weight, and load limits
  4. Violations in connection with franchise

Unless otherwise indicated, all references to motor vehicles include motorcycles and tricycles.

Violations in connection with licensing

1. Driving without a valid driver’s license or conductor’s permit

Driving without a valid license will result in a fine of ₱3,000. On top of the fine, this will result in you being disqualified from getting a driver’s license and not being able to drive for a year.

Do not drive if you have an expired, revoked, suspended, inappropriate driver’s license restriction code, inappropriate driver’s license classification, fake driver’s license, or expired student’s permit.

2. Driving under the influence of alcohol, dangerous drugs, and/or similar substance.

The RA No. 10586 was signed by the former President Benigno Aquino III on the 27th of May 2013. The law is also known as an Act Penalizing Persons Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, Dangerous Drugs, and Other Similar Substances.

The anti-drunk driving law Philippines imposes hefty fines and heavy penalties. They are as follows:

ViolationPenalty
No result in homicide or physical injury– 3-month jail term
– ₱20,000 to ₱80,000 fine
Result in physical injury– Article 263 of the Revised Penal Code
– ₱100,000 to ₱200,000 fine
Result in the loss of life or homicide– Article 249 of the Revised Penal Code
– ₱300,000 to ₱500,000 fine
LTO fine and penalty for driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

3. Reckless driving

Reckless drivingFine
First offense₱2,000
Second offense₱3,000
Subsequent offense₱10,000

4. Not wearing a seatbelt

Not wearing a seatbeltFine
First offense₱1,000
Second offense₱2,000
Subsequent offense₱5,000

This applies to both the driver and the passengers. You’ll also get a ticket for this if you allow a child 6-years old and below to be seated on the front passenger seat.

5. Not wearing a helmet

Not wearing a helmetFine
First offense₱1,500
Second offense₱3,000
Third offense₱5,000
Subsequent offense₱10,000

This also applies to both the driver and the back rider. Get a helmet with a sticker from Philippine Standard (PS) or Import Commodity Clearance (IIC).

6. Failure to carry a driver’s license or official registration

Failure to carry your driver’s license or official registration will result in an LTO fine of ₱1,000. Showing pictures of your driver’s license using your smartphone is not allowed.

7. All other violations of traffic rules and regulation

Other violations of LTO traffic rules and regulations will result in a fine of ₱1,000. This includes the most common traffic violations like:

  • Illegal parking
  • Disobeying traffic lights
  • Driving on prohibited roads
  • Failure to darken headlamps
  • Illegal turn or overtaking

Violations in connection with registration

8. Unregistered vehicle

Driving an unregistered vehicle will result in a fine of ₱10,000.00. This includes expired, revoked, suspended, invalid registration, fake substitute, replacement engine, or chassis.

9. Unauthorized modification

Modifying your vehicle without any authorization will result in a fine of ₱5,000.00. This includes changes in color and other unauthorized modifications of the standard manufacturer’s specification.

10. Right-hand vehicle

Driving a right-hand vehicle will result in an LTO fine of ₱50,000.00. According to the Republic Act No. 8506, it is prohibited to operate a right-hand steering wheel motor vehicle on both public and private roads in the Philippines.

11. Without or defective accessories, devices, equipment, and parts

The fine for driving a vehicle with defective parts is ₱5,000. This includes inappropriate use of bells, horns, whistles, blinkers, early warning devices (EWD), etc.

12. Failure to attach or improper attachment of license plates

Improper attachment of license plates will result in a penalty of ₱5,000.

13. Smoke belching

Smoke belchingFine
First offense₱2,000
Second offense₱4,000
Third offense₱6,000 + 1-year suspension of registration
Subsequent offense1-year suspension of registration

14. Fraud in relation to the registration

Fraudulent registration has a fine of ₱3,000. In addition, the car shall be impounded and be barred from registration for 1-year.

15. All other violations related to vehicle registration

All other violations related to registration will result in a fine of ₱2,000.

Violations in connection with dimensions, specs, weight, and load limits

16. Overloading beyond projected width

The fine for overloading beyond the projected width is ₱1,000. The fine will be imposed on the driver of the vehicle, not the owner or operator.

17. Axle overloading

To be computed based on a formula.

18. Passenger bus or truck exceeding 160 kg

A bus or truck exceeding 160 kg will have a fine of ₱1,000. Fine will be imposed on the driver and conductor of the vehicle.

Violations in connection with franchise

19. Colorum violation

Vehicle typeFine
Bus₱1 Million
Trucks₱200,000
Jeepneys₱50,000
Vans₱200,000
Sedans₱120,000
MC₱6,000

20. Refusal to render service to the public

Refusal to render serviceFine
First offense₱5,000
Second offense₱10,000 and impounding of unit for 30 days
Subsequent offense₱15,000 and cancellation of CPC

21. Overcharging

OverchargingFine
First offense₱5,000
Second offense₱10,000 and impounding of unit for 30 days
Subsequent offense₱15,000 and cancellation of CPC

22. Failure to provide proper body markings

No body markingsFine
First offense₱5,000
Second offense₱10,000 and impounding of unit for 30 days
Subsequent offense₱15,000 and cancellation of CPC

23. No franchise

No franchiseFine
First offense₱5,000
Second offense₱10,000 and impounding of unit for 30 days
Subsequent offense₱15,000 and cancellation of CPC

24. Fake OR/CR

Fake OR/CR will result in a cancellation of the franchise after due notice of hearing.

25. Arrogant drivers

Arrogant driversFine
First offense₱5,000
Second offense₱10,000 and impounding of unit for 30 days
Subsequent offense₱15,000 and cancellation of CPC

26. Failure to provide discount under existing laws

Not giving discountsFine
First offense₱5,000
Second offense₱10,000 and impounding of unit for 30 days
Subsequent offense₱15,000 and cancellation of CPC

27. Failure to display “no smoking”

Failure to display “no smoking”Fine
First offense₱5,000
Second offense₱10,000 and impounding of unit for 30 days
Subsequent offense₱15,000 and cancellation of CPC

28. Fast, tampered, defective taxi meter

Tampered taxi meterFine
First offense₱5,000
Second offense₱10,000 and impounding of unit for 30 days
Subsequent offense₱15,000 and cancellation of CPC

29. Color scheme violation

Color scheme violationFine
First offense₱5,000
Second offense₱10,000 and impounding of unit for 30 days
Subsequent offense₱15,000 and cancellation of CPC

30. No panel route and signboard

No signboardFine
First offense₱5,000
Second offense₱10,000 and impounding of unit for 30 days
Subsequent offense₱15,000 and cancellation of CPC

31. Pick and drop of passengers outside the terminal

Outside terminalFine
First offense₱5,000
Second offense₱10,000 and impounding of unit for 30 days
Subsequent offense₱15,000 and cancellation of CPC

32. Carrying of illegal or prohibited cargoes

Illegal cargoesFine
First offense₱5,000
Second offense₱10,000 and impounding of unit for 30 days
Subsequent offense₱15,000 and cancellation of CPC

33. Trip cutting

Cutting tripFine
First offense₱5,000
Second offense₱10,000 and impounding of unit for 30 days
Subsequent offense₱15,000 and cancellation of CPC

34. Failure to display fare matrix

No fare matrixFine
First offense₱5,000
Second offense₱10,000 and impounding of unit for 30 days
Subsequent offense₱15,000 and cancellation of CPC

Reference:
Joint Administrative Order No. 2014-01